Carl Fredricksen – Up
By Rachel Geiger
On the surface, Carl seems like just another grumpy man, which may initially seem weird for a Pixar movie. Although he may become a grump in his old age, we get to see him as a young boy who loved adventure and dreaming big. We also get to see him evolve throughout the film as he becomes more protective over Russell and the characters they meet along the way. The friendship between this unlikely duo is one of my favorite of all the incredible films Pixar has made. What makes it so endearing to me is that this young boy who doesn’t get to spend much time with his biological father finds a real friendship with an old man who craves adventure and happiness. Carl hasn’t felt that way since the loss of his wife, and I love how Russell’s energy and compassion rubs off on him as well. At the end of the day, Carl Fredricksen is a lot more than just a grumpy old man.